North Korea says U.S. fabricated most 'vicious' United Nations sanction, warns of retaliation

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a celebration for nuclear scientists and engineers who contributed to a hydrogen bomb test in this undated

According to Chinese customs data, North Korea imports almost 2.2 million barrels a year in petroleum products, but some USA officials believe the true number is much higher: about 4.5 million barrels.

Conversely, the USA must deal with the bellicose rhetoric from North Korea which routinely threatens to strike the United States.

"We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing", she added.

"We are not looking for war and the North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it".

A North Korea expert who asked not to be named agreed with the view, saying that the USA seems to have left its last cards to play in case the North continues with additional provocations.

Security Council diplomats, who weren't authorized to speak publicly because talks have been private, said the U.S. and China were still negotiating the text late Sunday.

"It is dark and it's getting darker", Haley said.

That would amount to a 10 percent cut in oil products, according to the US Energy Information Administration, which estimates annual exports to North Korea at almost 2.2 million barrels.

So for instance, while the USA wanted a total oil embargo, this resolution calls for a cap on oil exports to North Korea, cutting it, Haley says, by about 30 percent.

China also backed Monday's United Nations resolution, which bans textile exports and restricts shipments of oil products, though it did so only after Washington toned down its original proposal to secure the backing of Beijing and Moscow. North Korean textile exports in 2016 totaled $752.5 million, accounting for about one-fourth of its total $3 billion in merchandise exports, according to South Korean government figures.

Among the strongest measures in the adopted resolution is a ban on all North Korean textile exports.

The U.S. proposed slashing projects employing North Korean workers overseas, but instead accepted sanctions aimed at gradually scaling them back. "If they were running it to force a veto, they wouldn't have made the revisions".

Additionally, the new measures will prevent overseas workers from earning wages that finance the North Korean regime - over $500 million each year - in addition to cutting off foreign investments, technology transfers and other economic cooperation, according to a statement from the USA mission to the UN.

Haley was referring to sanctions adopted on August 5th, targeting the country's coal, iron, lead and seafood export industries. In a statement released after the sanctions were imposed, North Korea's foreign ministry iussued a statement saying that North Korea is closely watching United States. But China said after Monday's vote it supported the resolution. "The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the U.S. the greatest pain and suffering it had [sic] ever gone though in its entire history".

Han Tae Song also lashed out at the U.S. during a plenary session of the UN's Conference on Disarmament, saying Pyongyang denounces Washington's "evil intention" and would "make sure the USA pays a due price".

"We don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today", said Haley.

The most recent resolution is notable, however, for being weaker than that proposed by Washington, a probable effect of concessions made to both Beijing and Moscow. Russia's envoy said Washington's unwillingness to have UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres try to resolve the dispute "gives rise to very serious questions in our minds".

"The only way for it to get out of diplomatic isolation and economic pressure is to come back to the dialogue table for complete, irreversible and verifiable nuclear dismantlement".

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